House Sends Helicopter Hunting Measure To Governor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has sent to the governor a measure that allows hunters to take to the skies to shoot feral hogs and coyotes.

Approved in its final form Tuesday by a vote of 141 to 1, the bill allows landowners to rent seats on helicopters for the hunts.

By some estimates, the state has more than 3 million feral hogs that destroy crops, trample fences and wreak other havoc.

During light House debate before the vote, supporters noted that feral hogs have even invaded heavily populated areas, including Fort Worth.

The state already allows some helicopter hunts by contractors. Renting helicopter seats to hunters should help landowners pay for such trips.

Bobcats, red foxes, wild dogs and various non-native, exotic animals can also currently be hunted from the skies.